Report a Data Security Incident

Report a Data Security Incident

What is a Security Incident?

A data security incident is the attempted or actual unauthorized access, use, disclosure, modification, or destruction of Institutional information. This includes interference with information technology operation and intentional violations of University policy, local, state or federal laws, or applicable regulations.

Examples of security incidents include:

  • computer system compromise
  • unauthorized access to, or use of, systems, sofware, or data
  • unauthorized changes to systems, software, or data
  • loss or theft of equipment storing Institutional data
  • denial of service attack
  • interference with the intended use of technology resources
  • compromised user account
  • target phishing attack

How to report a Security Incident

The Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT) is the group within the University Information Security Office that is responsible for investigating, mitigating and remediating threats related to security incidents. It is important that actual or suspected seucrity incident are reported as early as possible so that the CIRT can limit the damage and cost of recovery. Include as much specific detail regarding the issue so the CIRT can work as quickly as possible.

  • email –
  • phone – 202-687-3031

Important: If the incident includes any immediate physical danger or involves the presence of unknown/unauthorized persons, contact GUPD immediately at 202-687-4343 or call 911